Convert an IKEA Stolmen Into a George Nelson-Style Wall Unit

IKEA Hackers

I've been lusting after a George Nelson wall unit, a common sight at my favorite interior design sources. With a beautiful wood finish and a design that is both functional and modular, it just knocks it out on a lot of fronts. The price however, at anywhere from $2k-$4k, is also a knockout. Luckily, there's a new solution I just spotted on IKEA Hackers. It looks so great I may just have to try it myself.

This simple hack was constructed from IKEA's STOLMEN system -- which unimaginatively only comes in white on white.

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The clever owner behind this mod simply painted the white rods black with spray paint, and then used real wood from the lumber store for shelving and a desk.

"I cut/sand/tint in teak color/varnished each part from one 5' x 5' cherry wood board bought at a local shop. I made them a kind of back to avoid the books from falling off since it was going to be used as a room divider."
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I haven't tried purchasing a STOLMEN system yet, but I think you can buy the poles separately for a budget-friendly solution. If you're putting things on your list for the cleanse, this midcentury hack may just deserve some consideration.

Make the classic your inspiration...

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(Images: 1,3. IKEA Hackers 2. IKEA 4. 1st Dibs)

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